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Volunteers help Salvation Army shop for families

| December 9, 2015

COSHOCTON – When Valerie Mollohan heard more volunteers were needed for the second day of The Salvation Army’s Christmas Castle shopping at Wal-Mart she decided to jump in and help.

She and her daughter Jay-Lynn Adkins took brother and sister Johnny and Shalee Luce around the store Dec. 8 and helped them pick out clothing and shoes and then brought them back to their mom.

Each child who was signed up for The Salvation Army program had $70 to spend and the volunteers had a list of their sizes and what they were most in need of.

The Luce siblings started out their shopping spree with shoes and socks.

“I got these boots because they are cheetah print,” Shalee said.

Her brother picked out black tennis shoes and camo pattern socks and Shalee selected “Frozen” themed socks. They both got new winter coats, a shirt each and Johnny picked out a pair of pants.

“It’s nice to see the kids happy and get to pick stuff out,” Adkins said.

While she and her mother were helping the Luce siblings, Adkins’ little sister was in the store shopping with another volunteer.

“This program is awesome,” Mollohan said. “I only work part time and my husband is off on doctor leave so I’m really excited to get the help.”

Major Hermas Pearl said The Salvation Army expected to help around 400 children during the two days of shopping sprees at Wal-Mart. She was very appreciative of everyone who donated money to make the project successful and volunteered their time to help with shopping.

“We are very grateful,” she said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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